In the lap of luxury

Fine wine, delicious food, soft music, ambient lighting, and tranquil surrounds add up to sheer bliss for many people seeking a luxury escape. From glamping to five-star, New Zealand is your oyster. Here and on the following pages are some suggestions from Metropol. Luxury lodges New Zealand has an amazing selection of luxury accommodation venues, […]

Pamper your beloved pooches

Bonds between dogs and owners have been well researched, and the benefits of owning a faithful companion extolled regularly. Companionship is one of those and heading into the season of giving, it’s nice to give them something back. Here are some suggestions from Metropol to pamper your pooch, not just at Christmas but all year […]

Think pink

From blush to fuchsia. Pink is a shade that can work in any home no matter what your style so long as you pick the right colours to complement or contrast with it. The pink renaissance started back in 2017 with Pantone’s Millennial Pink and has stuck around. While most pinks can work in almost […]

London to Edinburgh 110 years on

Seeing a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is rare enough, but seeing 10 setting the pace from London to Edinburgh recently was amazing for vehicle aficionados. That is exactly what happened (pictured) when the Rolls Royce Ghost Club recently re-enacted the historic London-Edinburgh Trial of 1911. Starting from the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, the two-day […]

Blending tradition with time: Pudding Recipe

Many families still celebrate long-established traditions such as Christmas pudding, with brandy sauce, trifle, Kiwi favourite Pavlova with whipped cream and strawberries, and classic fruit mince pies. The origins of some, such as the Christmas pudding, date back to the 14th-century. In those days it was a sort of porridge known as ‘frumenty’, thickened with […]

Helping heritage live on

Throughout her life, Dame Anna Crighton has been interested in art and architecture. She talks with Metropol editor Lynda Papesch about the past, the present, and the future. ‘Heritage’ is derived from Middle English and old French, heriter to ‘inherit’ – to inherit valued objects and qualities such as property and cultural traditions that have […]

Shine a light

Heading into summer with longer days, many will be enjoying more time outside long after the sun goes down. That’s when the lights go on, and it’s just as important to have proper lighting outdoors as it is indoors. Many of the same principles apply to indoor and outdoor lighting, although the latter should be […]

The winds of change

Being there for her husband while maintaining a fitness-focused lifestyle is challenging. Lady Jo Nicholls-Parker talks to Lynda Papesch about her continuing journey. As the wife of Christchurch’s former mayor, Sir Bob Parker, Jo has spent much time in the public spotlight. She was constantly by his side during the tumultuous days after the 2010 […]

Pack your bags

Travel is back on the agenda for many, even though it’s mostly exploring our own country. Mix and match is the key to packing for any occasion, so be sure to pick garments that work three ways. Also pick your colours to either complement or contrast the rest of your travel wardrobe.    

From the editor: 14 October 2021

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson We all need hope, especially when times are tough. Hope comes in different guises. As the days become warmer, many hope that they can head out and enjoy some of the exciting events on Ōtautahi Christchurch’s […]